Little is known of his early life except that he was an orphan. At the age of five he met a young Steve Rogers who had just lost his mother. Bucky befriended and comforted Steve and the two would eventually become best friends. Growing up, Bucky would protect Steve from bullies due to his small and frail stature, despite being one year younger than Steve.
Joining the Military
At twenty-three, the United States would enter World War II and battle against the Nazis, Bucky would enlist immediately believing it was his duty to his country.
A few months later, he'd discover that Steve had become Captain America, America's first superhero. Captain America would also go on to form the Howling Commandos and would recruit Bucky, James "Logan" Howlett, Major John Richards, Dum Dum Dugan and Jack Fury.
Losing Steve and "Death"
In 1945, Steve learned of Hydra's leader; Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull had built a prototype a-bomb made with ancient Celestial technology and had planned to drop it in Washington D.C. Though too late to stop the bomb's launch, Captain America managed to defeat the Red Skull and with the help of Bucky, get to the bomb moments before its launch. In a successful attempt to stop it in mid-air, Bucky and Steve fell to the sea, with Bucky losing his left arm, and both were presumed deceased. However, Bucky was later discovered by some Hydra soldiers and taken away in a submarine.
The Winter Soldier
When recovered by Hydra, he would be taken back to a disclosed Hydra location, Hydra hoped to find traces of the Super Soldier Serum in Bucky's blood but could not find any, which resulted in Bucky's unconscious body being put into cryostasis.
A decade later, in 1954, he was revived and his missing left arm was outfitted with a cybernetic replacement, as history would pass, Hydra would consistently outfit him with upgrades. Bucky would have no memory of his past, and Hydra would see this as a perfect opportunity for them to mold him into an agent for them. Bucky did have muscle memory from his extensive military training, and was trained even more to be Hydra's perfect assassin. Over the years he would assassinate many enemies of Hydra and earn himself a reputation as the Winter Soldier and as a ghost story, in between missions he would be put in cryostasis to cease his aging.
Reunion with Captain America
In 2015, the Winter Soldier would be taken out of stasis to watch out for any potential intruders while some Hydra agents would be transporting an object known as the Cosmic Cube.
While observing the transaction, a man in a star spangled outfit who would strike something in the Winter Soldier that would make him feel strange and a red haired woman would intercept the transaction. Winter Soldier would observe his enemies and study their moves while they were fighting the Hydra agents.
The two would clear the room of Hydra, and the Winter Soldier decided it was time to strike. He would proceed to attack them and knock out the red haired woman, the star spangled man would gain the upper hand and knock his mask off.
The star spangled man would then call him Bucky; confused, the Winter Soldier would ask "Who the hell is Bucky?" before attacking him once more and defeating him. The Winter Soldier would take the Cosmic Cube and return to Hydra.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Has some degree of superhuman strength in his bionic arm.
- Enhanced Reaction Time: His arm's reaction time is greater than that of any Olympic athlete who has and will ever compete.
- Stabilization Sensors: Bucky can detect the balance of objects (namely Captain America's shield) and throw items with pinpoint accuracy. He was able to throw Captain America's shield with perfect accuracy and cause it to return when he used his bionic arm.
- Sensory Array: The arm houses different sensors which allow him to pass through security such as metal detectors without setting them off. It can also shield other metallic objects from detection such as firearms and knives.
- Extended Reach: He can apparently either control his bionic arm even if it has been removed from his body (possibly by cybernetic implants), or his arm can be programmed to perform certain actions on its own while removed from his body.
- Electrical Discharge: He can discharge bolts of electrical energy from his arm's palm.
- EMP: He can discharge an EMP rendering electronic devices useless. He failed to use it on a prepared Iron Man.
- Master Martial Artist: Barnes is a dangerously skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant. He received training from World War Two hand-to-hand combat luminaries William Essart Fairbairn and Colonel Rex Applegate as well as Captain America (Steve Rogers) in multiple martial arts during WWII and was trained in more of them while being molded into an assassin by the Hydra. He has single-handedly beaten a squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and the Black Widow, defeated a regiment of Hydra agents in combat and defeated Captain America (although the latter was unfocused due to him discovering the Winter Soldier was Bucky).
- Expert Marksman: He is an extremely accurate marksman. Skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.
- Skilled Acrobat: He is an Olympic level athlete and acrobat capable of many difficult acrobatic feats.
- Peak Human Conditioning: Has shown Olympic to possible near peak human level strength, agility, endurance, dexterity, etc.
- Advanced Scout: Barnes is a very gifted scout and adept at stealth and concealment.
- Multilingual: He is fluent in English, Russian, German, Japanese, and a little French. He might be able to speak other languages.
- Expert Spy: He is an expert in the field of espionage thanks largely to World War Two hand-to-hand combat luminaries William Essart Fairbairn and Colonel Rex Applegate, his former partner, Steve Rogers, the United States military, British SAS regiment, and the Russian Government. He is skilled in stealth, demolitions, survival, deducing other persons ways of thinking and other fields.
- Expert Assassin: Barnes is an adept of his generation as Matthew Murdock and Elektra Natchios is of theirs, possibly the most lethal assassin in the Marvel Universe rivaling others such as Bullseye or Elektra. Barnes has mastered and implemented several methods to silently eliminate sentries with bladed weapons, garrotes or his bare hands, making him as lethal in his own way. He is a master at stealth and tracking and is very intelligent. Barnes has made a habit out of constantly studying his surroundings and depicting what he can and cannot do in whatever situation he should fall in much like his former partner, Captain America. The Black Widow stated to Tony Stark that he was one of the most dangerous men she knew.
Olympic to peak human strength and some level of superhuman strength in bionic arm.
Electromagnetic pulse could possibly render bionic arm useless. Although this could be questionable due to the fact his arm is capable of emitting an EMP.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- No special notes.
- Bucky was born in 1918.
- Bucky shares many similarities to that of his Earth-199999 counterpart.
- What happened to Bucky after he was taken in by Hydra will be further explored in Arc II after the events of Arrival of Galactus.
- Appearances of James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-1111)
- Character Gallery: James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-1111)
- Quotations by James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-1111)
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